Movement Building

Oscar Grant's Glimpse of the New Year

"Oscar Grant's Glimpse of the New Year" by Rashida Mack

I am an African American 22 yr old man,
Trembling,
I am told to hit the ground,
pushed down,
I am lying on a Los Angeles platform,
As commanded,
Face down,
I hear a shot,
Then feel pain
I am shot,
Fading black.

Nina Sparks - Photography


By Nina Sparks

The Oscar Grant Memorial Arts Project is Co-Sponsored by Media Alliance

 

Melanie Cervantes & Jesus Barraza - Poster

Melanie Cervantes

Melanie Cervantes and Jesus Barraza -"Justice for Oscar! Justice for Gaza!" 
Source: http://dignidadrebelde.com/blogpost/view/88

The Oscar Grant Memorial Arts Project is Co-Sponsored by Media Alliance

 

Pitzeleh8 - Illustration

Illustration by Pitzeleh8

Illustration by Pitzeleh8
Source: http://pitzeleh8.deviantart.com/art/Oscar-Grant-109060838

The Oscar Grant Memorial Arts Project is Co-Sponsored by Media Alliance

 

Rest in Power Oscar Grant

Frederic Larson, San Francisco Chronicle

DESI of Weapons of Mass Expresssion
Photo Taken by Frederic Larson, San Francisco Chronicle

Desi and AeroSoul

Desi and Arrow-Soul Council

One

"ONE (Ode to Oscar Grant)" by Shiko

My Life

"Oscar Grant III Tribute (My Life)" ft. Jennifer Johns & Codany Holiday - Mistah F.A.B. and Amp Live (Zion I)

Dear Tatiana

"Dear Tatiana (Letter to Oscar Grant's Daughter)"
Rukus - Produced by Kid Konnect

Oscar Grant Memorial Arts Project

Brooke Anderson Photography

Creative Expressions, a Catalyst for Social Change 

Editor's Note: Early morning on New Year’s Day, 22-year-old Oscar Grant III was shot and killed in Oakland, California by a Bay Area Rapid Transit agency police officer. Grant was unarmed.  His face—pressed down against the cement. Onlookers video-phoned the horrific spectacle as his life was taken from him.

Over three dozen artists have contributed to the Oscar Grant Memorial Arts Project. Our goal was to gather the creative works dedicated to Oscar Grant from artists, musicians, writers, photographers and others. Any form of creative expression was accepted-- a video of a dance work, audio, song, poster, photo, etc. Selected portfolio work will be featured in several Bay Area publications (print and online). If you have any questions contact its curator, Christine Joy Ferrer at christinejoy@urbanhabitat.org.

People are angry. Thousands have been appalled by the Oscar Grant shooting and have taken a new stand to fight injustice.  Many have chosen to  creatively express their stance through art. Songs have been written and dedicated to Oscar Grant. Poems, paintings and posters have been created. Graffiti artists have painted murals. Some of this is compelling art, some is ephemera.  Some of this art is controversial in its subject matter or its expression, but above all this art is the expression of a critical moment in the movement  to end police violence.

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